Update on the latest sports

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-MLBAP source: MLB rejects 114-game plan, tells union no counterNEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is no closer to starting the 2020 that it was when the union made its latest proposal on Sunday. — English soccer team Tottenham says a person at the club has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Premier League club did not identify the person. It was the only positive case after the Premier League tested a further 1,197 players and club staff. The testing is taking place ahead of the planned resumption of the league on June 17. The competition was suspended in March.— Two people familiar with the situation say the WNBA has decided to hold its games at just one location if there is a season this year and that the MGM Resorts in Las Vegas and the IMG Academy in Florida are the top candidates. There is still no date when the WNBA’s 2020 season will tip off. WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert told the AP last month that the league was considering a handful of scenarios, including playing at one or two sites. — A part-time student worker in the Iowa State athletic department has tested positive for COVID-19 and four athletes are experiencing symptoms. ISU says the student worker notified the athletic department of the positive test last weekend. The four athletes from two sports began experiencing symptoms after being in close contact with individuals outside the athletic department who have been infected. Those athletes are in quarantine and awaiting test results.— Two players with Japan’s most famous baseball team have tested positive for COVID-19. The Tokyo-based Yomiuri Giants called off a preseason game with the Seibu Lions scheduled for Wednesday because of the positive tests. It also raises questions about the start of the delayed season. Japan hopes to open its postponed baseball season on June 19 in stadiums without fans.— A Ukrainian soccer team has found 25 cases of the coronavirus among players and staff. The Ukrainian soccer association says the cases at Karpaty Lviv came from tests on 65 people. None of the players or staff members have been named. The Ukrainian league restarted last week without Karpaty. UNDATED (AP) — Major League Soccer players have approved a new collective bargaining agreement that will allow for the league to return this summer with a tournament in Florida.The Major League Soccer Players Association has announced the ratification of the CBA. Players had approved economic concessions for this season. The league countered the proposal from the players and set a Wednesday deadline for ratification.The sides had agreed to a five-year CBA in February but that had not been ratified when the coronavirus pandemic began. The season was suspended March 12 after just two games because of the pandemic.Details of the Florida tournament were still under consideration, but the league’s 26 teams and limited staff would be sheltered at hotels with games played without fans at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World.In other virus-related sports developments: NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees (breez) is taking sharp criticism from fellow high-profile athletes after the Saints’ quarterback reiterated his opposition to kneeling during the National Anthem.Asked by Yahoo to revisit former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s 2016 kneeling protest against police brutality against minorities, Brees said he will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States. He added that the national anthem reminds him of two grandfathers who served in the armed forces during World War II.Brees said that “In many cases, it brings me to tears thinking about all that has been sacrificed, and not just in the military, but for that matter, those throughout the Civil Rights movements of the ’60s, and all that has been endured by so many people up until this point.”Critical responses to Brees’ statements appeared on social media from major professional athletes including the Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James and Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins.Jenkins was Brees’ teammate when the Saints won the Super Bowl in the 2009 season. June 3, 2020 A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press that MLB has rejected the players’ offer for a 114-game regular season with no additional salary cuts. The person added that management did not plan to make a counterproposal.MLB proposed an 82-game schedule last week and further reductions in player salaries as the sport tries to salvage a season delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. Management has told the union it had no interest in extending the season into November, when it fears a second wave of the coronavirus could disrupt the postseason and jeopardize $787 million in broadcast revenue.Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem wrote a letter Wednesday to chief union negotiator Bruce Meyer that was obtained by The Associated Press. Halem mentioned that players are unified in their view that they will not accept less than 100% of their prorated salaries, and management has no choice but to accept that representation. Halem said that based on the players’ salary position and the significant health risk of extending the regular season past September, management does not have any reason to believe a negotiated solution for an 82-game season is possible.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NBAAP source: NBA presents players with plan for season restart — The metal detectors that greet sports fans at the gates might soon be accompanied by thermal body scanners. It’s part of the big task of better protecting venues from virus spread in order to bring the games back for in-person viewing.PIRATES-ARCHERPirates’ Archer out for the season following surgeryPITTSBURGH (AP) — Chris Archer won’t pitch for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2020 and his time with the club may be over.The Pirates have announced that the 31-year-old Archer underwent surgery to relieve symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome. The team added that Archer will not be available this season if Major League Baseball finds a way to put together a truncated schedule. Majors compiled a 185-137-10 record in 29 seasons as a head coach at Iowa State, Pitt and Tennessee.In his playing days, he finished second to Notre Dame’s Paul Hornung in the 1956 Heisman Trophy balloting.Majors was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1987.  NFL-BREES-KNEELINGBrees still against kneeling during anthem He honored his namesake’s stance on social distancing while finishing second in the third race, well behind Prisoner and well ahead of third-place Indoctrinate. The 2-year-old colt is the first of a series of horses inspired by the coronavirus pandemic and the latest tribute to the respected director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.Co-owner Phillip Antonacci picked the name Fauci in mid-March after the 79-year-old started doing daily coronavirus briefings from the White House.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 UNDATED (AP) — NBA fans could receive very good news within the next 24 hours or so.A person with knowledge of the situation says the league has told the players association that it will present a 22-team plan for restarting the season to the league’s board of governors on Thursday.The person says the 22 teams would play eight games near Orlando to determine playoff seeding before the postseason begins there. The Western Conference would have 13 teams heading to Florida, while the East would be represented by nine teams. The 22 teams are those within six games of a playoff spot at this point. Playoffs would start in August, and the NBA Finals will likely stretch into October, according to the person.SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKMLS soccer players approve new CBA Update on the latest sports Germany’s approach has the backing of FIFA. The governing body of world soccer said Tuesday that such demonstrations “deserve an applause and not a punishment.”ASIAN CUP-HUMAN RIGHTSAFC urged to mandate human rights into 2027 Asian Cup bidsUNDATED (AP) — A global activist group is urging Asia’s soccer body to mandate respecting human rights into bidding for and organizing the 2027 Asian Cup.Expected bidders include India, Iran, Qatar and Saudi Arabia ahead of a June 30 deadline set by the Asian Football Confederation to enter the contest. — Two more Oklahoma State football players have tested positive for COVID-19 since returning to campus for voluntary workouts. That brings the total to three, all athletes. Senior associate athletic director Kevin Klintworth wrote on his Twitter account that of the 150 staff, administrators and athletes tested, three had asymptomatic positives.— The PGA Tour has announced a deal with Sanford Health to conduct COVID-19 testing of players, caddies and essential personnel five days before the season resumes. That applies to every stop on the PGA Tour, PGA Tour Champions and the developmental Korn Ferry Tour. Sanford Health is based in South Dakota and is title sponsor of a PGA Tour Champions event. The company has three mobile testing units it will deploy across the country. Each one has a driver and three lab technicians. A unit will be at tournaments from Saturday through Thursday before leaving for the next closest event.— The chief executive of the European Tour says the fate of this year’s Ryder Cup will be decided by the end of the month. Keith Pelley says in an extensive interview with the McKellar Journal podcast that the European Tour and the PGA will have “conversations” about the Ryder Cup now that the revamped schedules of both tours have been announced. The Ryder Cup is still on schedule for Sept. 25-27 at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin despite massive disruption to the sports schedule because of the outbreak.— Wright State is dropping its softball and men’s and women’s tennis programs as part of a plan to cut $2 million from its athletic department budget. The Dayton, Ohio, school is reducing expenditures across the board because of decreases in enrollment and state funding because of the pandemic. Wright State will have 11 sports and must be granted a waiver from the NCAA to remain in compliance with Division I requirements.— Players from all levels of college baseball are set to compete in the three-day, four-team Collegiate Summer Baseball Invitational in Bryan, Texas. The players, coaches, umpires and other event staff arrived in Bryan on Monday and were tested for COVID-19. They are being quarantined at a hotel through Saturday and allowed outside only to go to and from the ballpark. GERMANY-FLOYD PROTESTSGermany won’t punish players for George Floyd protestsFRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The German soccer federation will not punish players who protest against the killing of George Floyd and racism.Several players in Germany have made statements with gestures or messages on their clothing since Floyd died on May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee for several minutes on his neck.The federation says it opposes punishing any players because it believes their anti-racism messages match the federation’s own principles. The Pirates were banking on a bounce back year by Archer, who is 6-12 with a 4.92 ERA in 33 starts since he was acquired from Tampa Bay at the 2018 trade deadline for outfielder Austin Meadows and pitcher Tyler Glasnow.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-OBIT-JOHNNY MAJORSJohnny Majors, former Tennessee and Pitt coach, dies at 85KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Johnny Majors, the coach of Pittsburgh’s 1976 national championship football team and a former coach and star player at Tennessee, has died.Majors died Wednesday at his home in Knoxville, according to his wife. He was 85. The Sport & Rights Alliance is a group of trade unions and rights advocates including Human Rights Watch and Transparency International. It has asked the AFC to apply the same rights standards FIFA set for the 2026 World Cup that the United States, Mexico and Canada will co-host.Key issues cited include protecting labor rights, minority groups and media, plus allowing independent monitoring of tournament operations for the next seven years.HORSE RACING-BELMONT-FAUCIFauci is runner-up at BelmontNEW YORK (AP) — A horse named Dr. Anthony Fauci made his much-anticipated debut Wednesday at Belmont Park. Associated Press last_img read more

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Wisconsin goes for back-to-back wins against No. 18 Nebraska

first_imgAfter a four-game losing streak, the Wisconsin women’s basketball team snapped its recent skid with an 82-71 victory over Ohio State. The win brought the Badgers to three Big Ten wins on the year, tying last season’s conference win total.Wisconsin (10-11, 3-6 Big Ten) will hope to keep the wins coming when it hosts No.18 Nebraska (15-5, 5-3 Big Ten) Wednesday night in the Kohl Center, where it will look to best last year’s conference win total and tie its total win mark of 11 from the 2012-2013 campaign.Wisconsin has shot the ball well the past two games, shooting 48.1 percent (26-54) from the field in a 67-71 loss against Michigan State last Thursday and 47.5 percent (29-61) in the victory against Ohio State. They will look to continue their hot shooting and leave their mid-season shooting woes in the past, where they shot under 40 percent for four straight games.Junior forward Jacki Gulczynski had a monster first half for the Badgers last Sunday, netting 15 points through the first 20 minutes. Taylor Wurtz was held scoreless during the first half but then exploded for 17 in the second.“When Jacki comes out with such a hot half it really opens things up for everybody else,” Wurtz said. “I’m able to find driving lanes and get wide open looks.”Wurtz hopes to carry over her scoring capability against Nebraska. She averages 12 points a game but has been struggling recently to fill up the points column.She attributes her success against Ohio State to head coach Bobbie Kelsey implementing a high ball screen that allowed her to be aggressive and attack the rim.They were both extremely active on the boards, with Wurtz grabbing 14 boards and Gulczynski pulling down 15. Michala Johnson added 7 rebounds and will look to keep improving her rebounding skills.A point of emphasis for Johnson will be avoiding the foul trouble that forced her to sit for the final 11 minutes, 20 seconds of the first half against Ohio State.“I can’t be in foul trouble,” she said.Defensively, Johnson will have her hands full in the paint with Nebraska forward Jordan Hooper. The 6-foot-2 senior was named to the All-Big Ten team last season and averages a team high 19.7 points per game and 10.1 rebounds per contest. Johnson will have to keep Hooper off the glass as well and limit Nebraska’s second chance opportunities.“She’s a great player,” Kelsey said. “She’s going to get her points. You can’t let it be 30 points, but you have to make other people try to score.”Hooper also has an outside dimension to her game, as she connects on close to a third of her attempts from behind the arc (32.8 percent).“I know she can shoot a little,” Johnson said. “Pretty much take away her favorite moves and what she likes to do [to get her out of her comfort zone].”Sophomore guard Nicole Bauman has recently taken over the point guard duties, replacing sophomore Dakota Whyte in the starting lineup. Whyte has started the past two games due to Bauman being ill, but Kelsey said the plan is for Bauman to start against Nebraska.The young guards will have to match up against a former All-Big Ten Freshman, sophomore Rachel Theriot. She averages 12.9 points and 6.1 assists per game. It will be up to Bauman and Whyte to slow her down and take away her passing lanes in order to make it difficult for Theriot to distribute the basketball.Reflecting on the Ohio State game, Kelsey says her team’s defensive effort was not up to par and hopes to correct that by the time the Cornhuskers arrive.“We need to work on our transition defense,” Kelsey said. “Our on-ball defense has improved, but there’s still a lot to work on.”The Badgers anticipate taking down Nebraska, a team they have struggled against the last two seasons. Wisconsin leads the total series record against Nebraska 5-4, but the Cornhuskers have won the last four. Last season, the Badgers were blown out on the road 42-70 and lost a nail biter in Madison 53-55.When asked about how she felt regarding already matching last year’s conference win total, Kelsey responded “I didn’t even know about that.”“I wasn’t even thinking about last year,” Kelsey said. “We have about eight or nine games left [sic], and we have to get some more wins, that’s where my focus is.”last_img read more

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Andrey Astapov, ETERNA LAW: Ukraine faces critical choices as gambling finish line nears

first_img StumbleUpon Ilya Machavariani, Dentons – CIS regional dynamics will come to play prior to gambling take-off July 31, 2020 Uzbekistan opens consultation for launch of national lottery July 20, 2020 Related Articles Share Ukraine gambling bill enacted by President Zelensky August 11, 2020 Share Submit Following the formal ascension of Bill-2285D by President Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine enters a critical four months to finalise its legislative gambling frameworks, as the country seeks to launch its regulated marketplace in 2021, ending a decade of gambling prohibition. Observing on-the-ground developments, Andrey Astapov, Managing Partner of Kyiv-based law firm ETERNA LAW, writes for SBC News about the critical final provisions that must be accommodated as Ukraine gambling enters its make-or-break period…______________________On 14 July 2020, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine legalised gambling. Quite a historical event for a country where gambling had been prohibited for almost a decade. The incentive for legalisation is simple as, despite the official prohibition, the gambling market never ceased to function, and its turnover in the shadows is told by some unofficial statistics to reach almost $1 billion per year. Experts promise that once the market begins to function, the number will only continue to increase. In the meantime, foreign investors keep a close eye on the reopening of the market and see Ukraine as their next destination point. Let us consider the central provisions of the recently adopted legal framework for gambling in Ukraine and highlight a range of advantages that the law offers for investors. Legalised gambling: The list of allowed land-based and online productsA wide range of gambling products has been legalised by the Gambling Law, including casinos (both online and land-based), betting (online and at betting points), gaming machine venues and online poker. Land-based gambling activities can be located only in hotels, which correspond to certain requirements in relation to the location of the premises and quality of services, specifically:In Kyiv, casinos shall be located only in five-star hotels with 150 rooms. For other cities, in four / five-star hotels with at least 100 rooms. Gaming machine venues are to be located only inside three / four / five-star hotels.Betting is allowed only at betting points, which can be created inside three / four / five-star hotels with at least 25 rooms. Online gambling (i.e. online casinos, online poker, and online betting) shall also follow special provisions prescribed by the law. Each organiser shall be connected to an online monitoring system and have a website with the .UA.domain. Lastly, there is also a licence for B2B gambling services, under which organisers may develop and provide software for other gambling operators, both residents and those based outside of Ukraine. Ukraine’s tempting offer to investorsUkraine is open to foreign investments not just by words. It stimulates the flow of cash from abroad by a range of legislative incentives, and the principle is also applied in the gambling framework. For those organisers who are ready to build a new hotel in accordance with the requirements to the size and quality, the Gambling Law introduces an investment licence – which is free of charge and valid for 10 years. As to the specific conditions, it is required to either (i) build a new five-star hotel with 150 rooms for Kyiv and 100 rooms for other cities or (ii) implement another project agreed by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. An operator will be exempt from payment for a casino licence and shall only pay for each roulette table, card table, and gaming machine as per regular fees.Fees for licences and gambling taxation in UkraineEach gambling activity mentioned above requires a separate licence. Licences are all valid for five years but the fees are to be paid each year and constitute the following:For casinos, $2,000,000 annually in Kyiv and $1,000,000 annually in other populated areas;For gaming machines, $250,000 annually for 250 gaming machines; $1,000,000 annually for betting;$230,000 and $170,000 annually for online casino and online poker respectively;a B2B licence costs $50,000 for five years; However, until the introduction of the State Online Monitoring System that is required not later than in two years after the enforcement of the Gambling Law, all licence fees are to be tripled. As to taxation, following the examples of other countries, Ukraine decided to adopt the GGR rates as the most appropriate system for the gambling industry. The Draft Law on the Amendments to the Tax Code of Ukraine is already under consideration in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and offers such rates: 5% for betting, 12.5% for slot machines, 10% for online casinos, online poker and lotteries. Who is responsible for controlling excessive gambling? Prevention of excessive gambling will be the obligation of each gambling organiser. For that, the law prescribes certain rules. For example, there will be created the Register of Individuals with Restricted Access to Gambling, data to which may be submitted either by an individual himself/herself or by family members. Some also fear the ubiquity of gambling advertising. As a response, the law prescribes certain restrictions to land-based advertising and prohibits to direct it in relation to vulnerable categories of the population and children.ConclusionUkraine is heading to the finish line in its struggles to legalise gambling. Favourable conditions for investors, extra revenues for the budget, and big potential of the market – the Gambling Law promises a lot. Still, a few small steps are necessary: the creation of the Authorised Body that will issue the licences and supervise the market, the adoption of relevant tax amendments, and the specification of some gambling procedures in a range of bylaws. When all is achieved, the Ukrainian market will finally get ready “to gamble and win”.last_img read more

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Adebayor suspends his international career

first_imgTogo captain Emmanuel Adebayor has suspended his international career for a second time in almost two years just a month to the start of the 2013 Nations Cup in South Africa.The Tottenham striker had earlier slammed the Togo FA for not paying players their bonuses following a revelation that Morocco paid them 35,000 Euros for the international friendly played in Rabat last month.A statement released by Adebayor, had the following quotes “The atmosphere currently prevailing within the Hawks will not help the team achieve its set out objectives; I hereby bring to the notice of the general public that I’m suspending my international career with Togo”.Adebayor quit international football in 2010 following a gunfire attack on Togo team bus in Angola but rescinded his decision this year.This means that Emmanuel Adebayor will not be at the 2013 Nations Cup for Togo who are in Group B with Ivory Coast, Togo, Tunisia and Algeria.last_img read more

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